Paul W. Ludden, dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California-Berkeley and scholar in environmental biochemistry, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at SMU. He will join SMU in time for the fall 2007 semester.
As provost, the University’s chief academic officer, Ludden will oversee all aspects of academic life, ranging from admissions and faculty development to supervision of SMU’s seven schools, library system and international programs.
SMU broke ground in December on the Crum Basketball Center, a state-of-the-art facility for the men’s and women’s basketball programs scheduled to open in October 2007. The Center is made possible by a leadership gift of $6 million from Sylvie P. and Gary T. Crum (’69), an SMU trustee.
A new distribution of more than $2 million to SMU from the will of former U.S. Congressman and Judge Brady P. Gentry will double the size of a scholarship fund for students from several East Texas counties.
Showing that sometimes leadership occurs behind the scenes, an anonymous donor has made a $40,000 gift to the Mustang Leader Scholarship Endowment Fund, with the first $6,500 scholarship to be awarded to a student for the 2007-08 academic year.
A gift of $10 million from the Honorable Roy M. Huffington (’38) of Houston will establish endowments to support faculty compensation and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students at SMU. Each totaling $5 million, the funds will be known as the Huffington Bicentennial Faculty Endowment Fund and the Huffington Bicentennial Scholarship Endowment Fund.